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This has been an evolving project that started in 2008 after reading a book: New Decoupage by Durwin Rice. I started thinking about the tools I already had and how they could be adapted for use by the group home population and also provide sensory stimuli. The concept of decoupage allows freedom of choice in the use of color, papers, shapes, color, size, and provides tactile, proprioceptive, visual and auditory experiences. It is inexpensive and promotes caregiver-consumer interaction and always seems to end with an interesting result and functionality. Because decorated frames are often seen in retail outlets, this also could be considered a vocational activity.
Initially, several consumers needed hand-over-hand (HOH) assistance in using the puncher, gluing the paper shapes and applying the decoupage. As they gained experience some required less assistance. In other homes, the consumer have considerable spasticity so the placement of the punches or Craft Mate Puncher needed to be positioned to take advantage of their contractures too apply pressure to the punches. With one consumer it was between his elbow and the side of his body. Two consumers required placement under their hand and the pull of gravity enabled them to apply some pressure on the punch. Another consumer has some active motion in one leg and the punch with paper was placed under her foot. Because this consumer is also blind, she received sensory stimuli through the tactile pressure and hearing the click of the punch when it cut through the paper. By watching the consumers' body language, it was determined that this was a successful activity.
The most important benefit from this and any direct contact activity is the social interaction that occurs with sensory stimuli as part of the interaction and that is individualized depending on their sensory profile. The therapist has observed activities in some settings where the consumer is more of an observer rather that a participant. Some people believe that because a consumer has extremely limited movement they are not capable of doing anything and therefore should just sit and watch the caregiver staff member perform the activity. The body language of the consumer speaks otherwise.

* Consumer is used by the California Department of Developmental Services to define a client that has developmental
disabilities and is a utilizer of services.

Decoupage Frame Beginnings
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Basic Frame
Craft Mate Puncher
Glue on Hand to Swipe Shapes on

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